I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Wakefield: Those grey days before Christmas

I can't say I'm a great lover of Christmas but I've learnt to enjoy it. One of the nice things about it though is the New Year comes next and if nothing else at least thoughts of Spring. In this rather damp and murky West Yorkshire view with the Winter Sales still on in local shops maybe Christmas had been and gone. I've a feeling this murky shot of a West Riding Leopard must be from Wakefield and it may even be entering the town's bus station as there is another of the operator's buses in the background. Plaxton Derwent bodywork was quite rare on NBC vehicles but delivered in 1972 I expect it was ordered when West Riding was still Britain's largest Independent operator.

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